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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Top 10 Greatest Marathon Runners of the World

In 490 BC Pheidippides, the Greek hero ran 34.5 km (21.4 miles) for his country and died after giving the message to his countrymen. Thus, marathon has a very noble history associated with it. Most of us cannot imagine of running such a distance and that is why Marathon is such an attractive event in any games.

Here, I have compiled a list of 10 of the greatest marathon runners of in the world. They are real heroes.



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Paula Jane Radcliffe

Radcliffe is the most famous marathoner off the present world. She is now holding the world record for women’s marathon. This talented English marathoner has become the world champion in marathon in the Helsinki world championship held in 2005. His record breaking time in the London Marathon in 2003 was 2:15:25. Earlier in her career she was not a marathoner rather she used to compete in cross country events and 5000m and 10000m events. Later in 2002, Radcliffe started running in the marathon race and got a huge success. She has already won London Marathon several times, Chicago Marathon and New York marathon. She is also well known for her activities protesting doping. Radcliffe always wears a red band ribbon as a part of showing her support to the process of identifying the drug positive players through blood testing.


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Rosa Mota

Rosa Maria Correia dos Santos Mota is one of the great marathoners in the history of marathon. This Portuguese former marathoner is one of those women who first participated in Olympic Games in 1984 as this event was first introduced in for female in this year and she is the first gold medal winner in the European Championship in 1982 as this event for women was first introduced in this year. Here, it is also noteworthy that women’s marathon was first included in the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angles and in that tournament she won bronze medal for her country. However, she won gold medal in the next Seoul Olympic in 1988. So, in her career she saw some of the revolutionary changes for the women’s marathon and getting success in those tournaments she contributed a lot in the development of this event. She was awarded the Abebe Bikila Award for her such contribution. She was also an Olympic torch bearer for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Mizuki Noguchi

This Japanese marathoner is one of the famous marathoners of the present world. She is the Gold medalist of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She started competing in the long distance running competitions while she was in the middle school. After getting success in the national stage, she started competing in the Half marathon competitions where she got many successes and at one stage she was called “Queen of the Half Marathon”. Later in 2002, she became a full marathon runner and won the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon. After that her performance Graf was upward. Before winning the Olympic Gold medal in2004, she won a silver medal in the world championship in 2003.



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Joan Benoit Samuelson

Joan Benoit is the first Olympic Gold medalist in female marathon event in the 1984 Los Angles Olympic Games as this event was first introduced in that Olympic tournament for female. In that tournament she had to compete with some of the legendary figure of the Marathon world. She broke world record several times in her career. This talented athlete was awarded the James E. Sullivan Award in the year after winning Olympic Gold. After taking retirement she wrote a book titled “Running Tide and Running for Women”. She became a coach later on.


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Naoko Takahashi

This legendary Japanese marathon racer was the first women marathoner who broke the barrier of the 2 hours and 20 minutes in the way of making a world record in the 2001 Berlin Marathon. Takahashi won the Olympic Gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in marathon. She is still the record holder of Berlin Marathon and the proud owner of 7th fastest time in the world marathon.



Cogwagee (Thomas Longboat)

Thomas Longboat is one of the greatest marathon runners in the marathon history. He started running at the age of 18 and he contributed a lot in this event. He first came in to focus through winning the Boston Marathon with a record braking timing. He became professional at the marathon track in 1908. He came up with some of the modern and scientific ideas which made him face many controversies. For example, after a race he was used to rest and take a long walk as a part of recovery. Though it is followed by all the marathon runners, it was not so easy to make people understand that this taking rest is necessary for a runner to get back his or her strength for the next competition. An award titled “Tom Longboat Awards” is now available for the leading marathon runners of different provinces in Canada. Through the Toronto Island 10 km. race, he is remembered in every year.


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Juho Pietari "Hannes" Kolehmainen

“Flying Finns” nicknamed this marathoner is one of the best of this event’s history. He showed his skill in long distance running as well as he won four Olympic Gold medals in long distance running including one in Marathon. Earlier he did not participate in Marathon rather he was popular for 5000 and 10000 m race. However, he proved his talent in Marathon winning the Gold medal in the first Olympic Games in 1920 after the WW I. This Finish marathon racer was one of the torch bearers of the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games.



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Paul Kibii Tergat

Tergat is one of the most influential marathon runners at the present world. He currently holds the world record for Marathon race. He made his world record in Berlin in 2003. His magical timing was 2:04:55. He is best known for his tremendous performance in Saint Silvester Marathon which is the most important in Latin America. He won this race 5 times for which he is very famous in Brazil and after Nelson Mandela he is the most celebrated African personality in Brazil. His significant contribution to marathon earned IAAF World Cross Country Championships title for five consecutive times. He became a “Ambassador against hunger" for the UN World Food Program (WFP).





Abebe Bikila

This Ethiopian marathon racer is considered as the greatest marathon racer in the history of Marathon. He had two Olympic Gold medals in marathon. In the way of his first gold medal winning Olympic competition in 1960 in Rome with new world record and he ran barefooted. In Addis Ababa, a stadium was named after his name as a part of showing honor to this person. He also made another world record in the way of winning his second Olympic gold medal in 1964 in Tokyo.





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Evans Rutto

This Kenyan marathon racer has a decent record in Marathon. He made debutant world record time for Chicago Marathon in 2003 and he also won 2004 London marathon and Chicago marathon. His highest timing is also very close to the world record timing which is 2: 04:55. He also got success in other events of long distance competition.


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54 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:21 PM

    be realistic guys,what parameters do you use to pick the greatest marathoners,well its far more than obvious that kenyan should be having atleast the first top five marathoners of all time.some people we have never head of are in the list

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    1. Anonymous12:31 PM

      dont be so .... there are no ethiopian too

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    2. Anonymous12:32 PM

      what about ethiopians.
      and you see Abebe bekela at the end thats is really sad

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    3. Anonymous4:41 AM

      haile G/silase is the best ever!!

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  2. Very interesting. You may like this site, too:

    http://best.olympic-distance-performers.ever.com

    You can vote and rank them yourself!

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  3. Anonymous12:03 PM

    Be realistic is right. How do you not list Catherine Ndereba on your list, the only woman to win 2 gold medals in the marathon at the World Championships (Paris and Osaka), and the only woman to win Boston 4 times? Add in an Olympic silver for Athens and a silver at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. She is the most consistent women’s marathoner in history with 12 sub 2:26 performances, 3 sub 2:20s, 9 wins and 7 second place finishes. She's also the former world record-holder.

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  4. Anonymous9:26 AM

    Grammatical and spelling errors aside, this list is far from complete, or accurate. Do your research before posting "[your] greatest marathon runners in the world".
    This is why you have to be leary of the interweb. Anyone can make a website.

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  5. Your list is mere wishful thinking. Everybody knows how Kenyans have totally dominated the Marathons around the world in recent years!

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  6. Anonymous8:11 PM

    To Techtainement list!

    It is a fact that you can't have a complete list among 10 choices, but if you include Abebe Bilika and Paul Tergat in the list, it doesn't make sense for you to leave out Haile! For one, the main Haile's rival was Tergat, but Haile succeeded in taking all Paul's records and even lowering thye Marathon time to 2 hrs 3 min 59 seconds! (You need to update).

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  7. Anonymous10:39 AM

    the story doesnot have the whole truth that has to be according the title of the topic. it's biased to modify history in one direction

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  8. Anonymous10:56 AM

    WHERE THE HELL IS BILL RODGERS??? BILL WON BOSTON AND NEW YORK FOUR TIMES EACH!! MAYBE HE DIDNT SET WORLD RECORDS BUT, THE GUY WAS A HUGE INNOVATOR IN THE SPORT. AND SEKO! WHERE IS TOSHIHIKO?

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    1. Anonymous3:26 PM

      You are right on the money-- Both of those runners should be listed in the top 10.

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  9. Anonymous8:50 AM

    What about Haile Gebrselassie

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  10. Anonymous7:00 PM

    chill people. Go for a run. This author and list is obviously poorly informed. Don't take it serious.

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  11. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Hey, what about Billy Bunter. You can't have a serious list of athletes without including Billy Bunter.

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  12. HAILE GEBRSELASIE??? Where is he in all of this fake top 10

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  13. Anonymous5:20 PM

    how come there is nothing on taddesse the eritrean cross country record holder....this list is fake and it needs to updated

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  14. Anonymous12:37 AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA...this is a good joke....
    check this out to
    http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2011/04/utrecht_uses_100_trick_to_disc.php

    Kenya has good marathon runners that everyone is so scared..

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  15. Anonymous6:59 PM

    The best marathon runner of all time is Haile Gebrselassie.

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  16. Anonymous4:47 AM

    I think everyone is getting too worked up - I to wondered where names such as Haile... but I think the main problem here is the author should have titled it 'MY top xx marathon runners' as surely this is what the list is being as soooo many greats are missing.

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  17. Anonymous12:04 AM

    Which list are we talking about this is not a list of best runners? We need some good knowledgeable people to come up with the list. Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Algeria etc., have been producing top runners for some time now. We need to have more representation of them. Not all but some of these runners who are considered best in this list are from the past with slow finishing times compared to the new record holders. Abebe Bikila and Evans Rutto are good choices but many more are missing.

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  18. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Rosa Mota over Greta Weitz? How about Mamo Wolde? Frank Shorter personally made the running boom and should have won BACK TO BACK Golds (Czpienski was doping in 76)

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  19. Anonymous3:40 PM

    u guys dont know this but at the moment ethipia has the most famous olmpic runners, then kenya

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  20. Anonymous5:26 AM

    In 2011 the 25 top marathon runners were all Kenyan

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  21. Anonymous6:02 PM

    This website needs a big update!! Who created this website!!!

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  22. Anonymous7:16 AM

    where is the emperor HAILE?

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  23. Anonymous1:06 PM

    You forgot Grete Waitz - the pioneer of female matathon runners.

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  24. Anonymous10:34 AM

    haha this is fake you hippies

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  25. Anonymous9:35 AM

    Khalid Khannouchi would be hurt he was omitted, he defeated Tergat and Geb in London in 2002 in 2.05.38 (WR)in what was arguably the best marathon of all time. He backed that up with 2.05.56 at Chicago the same year !

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  26. Anonymous11:29 AM

    Haile Gebrselassie is the world's greatest marathon runner. He is the inspiration to all African racers who are ranking high these days.

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  27. Anonymous10:16 PM

    kenyans should be mentioned first . Paul Tergat although he has been mentioned should be clear that he is a kenyan.

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  28. Anonymous8:24 AM

    In 2011 the 25 top marathon runners were all Kenyan

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  29. Anonymous8:28 PM

    What??

    Grete Waitz? 9 wins in NYC, 2 wins in London, gold at the World Championships, lowered the WR 3 years in a row.

    Bill Rodgers? 4 wins in Boston, 4 wins in NYC. 14 other first place finishes, including Amsterdam and Fukuoka.

    Sammy Wanjiru? Entered 5 marathons before his untimely death, and won all 5. 100% win ratio; Fukuoka, Beijing Olympics, London, Chicago, Chicago ... beat deep fields each time. He won the Olympic gold medal in record time, in absolutely brutal conditions. Insane talent! We will miss you Sammy!

    Patrick Makau Musyoki? Back to back wins in Berlin + Rotterdam. Current WR holder (not wind aided): 2:03:38. 4:43 average per mile. Blazing fast!! Has run 8 sub-hour half-marathons.

    Haile Gabrselassie? First human under 2:04 with a WR 2:03:59. His WR stood for nearly 5 years in an era of extremely fast finishes.

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  30. Anonymous12:16 PM

    Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai - perfect form and ease of stride. 2:03:02 @ Boston Marathon - April 18, 2011(not recognized for fastest time by IAFF due to elevation changes of course).

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  31. Anonymous11:20 AM

    worst list ever

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  32. Anonymous3:33 AM

    what great info

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  33. Anonymous6:16 AM

    idiotic

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  34. Anonymous6:17 AM

    poops sados wheres usainbolt

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  35. Anonymous11:33 AM

    What about haile and mamo

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  36. Sammy wanjiru was the greatest marathoner ever lived

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  37. Anonymous11:45 AM

    Maybe not the greatest marathoner but Alberto Salazar never left anything on the road. He could run himself into near death. A few times he almost did.

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  38. Anonymous9:14 PM

    Why wasn't Pheidippides on here? He was the first guy to run a marathon, and is a decorated Greek hero.

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  39. Anonymous3:03 AM

    to know about great marathoners visit www.athleticsinkenya.com

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  40. Anonymous12:51 PM

    This list is biased for sure.

    What about Katharina Ndbark(spell last name) she won many new york and boston marthon, won world championships. She finished every marthon either first or second

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    1. Anonymous9:00 AM

      Catherine Ndereba

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  41. Anonymous8:08 PM

    This must be 1950!

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  42. Whoever told you guys the top runners of the 2012 olympic were kenyan is twisting words. Your source must be wikipedia but wikipedia says that the combined total medals gained in the 2008 and 2012 olympics is 25. You also look dum because there was no Olympics in 2011 so how can you just say they were the best when they didn't even compete and compare with the best at the Olympics. If you have pride, that's good, just don't feed false information to everyone. Also, if you guys didn't notice, during the preliminary rounds before the real Olympics, they grouped all the Ethiopians together in order to eliminate most of them. In one race, Ethiopians got 1st-6th place, then 8 to 10th, i think a kenyan got 11h and so on. This way, there were less Ethiopians in the Olympics. I think this list is just trying to put out those old Marathon runners most people don't know or remember because they are his/her own favorite runners and he want's to popularize them.

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  43. Whoever told you guys the top runners of the 2012 olympic were kenyan is twisting words. Your source must be wikipedia but wikipedia says that the combined total medals gained in the 2008 and 2012 olympics is 25. You also look dum because there was no Olympics in 2011 so how can you just say they were the best when they didn't even compete and compare with the best at the Olympics. If you have pride, that's good, just don't feed false information to everyone. Also, if you guys didn't notice, during the preliminary rounds before the real Olympics, they grouped all the Ethiopians together in order to eliminate most of them. In one race, Ethiopians got 1st-6th place, then 8 to 10th, i think a kenyan got 11h and so on. This way, there were less Ethiopians in the Olympics. I think this list is just trying to put out those old Marathon runners most people don't know or remember because they are his/her own favorite runners and he want's to popularize them.

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  44. The guy who said that Kenya had top 25 runners in 2011 is twisting words. First of all, there were no Olympics in 2011 so how can you say a runner is the best if he didn't compete and win against the best. Second of all, he got his information from wikipedia and twisted it up. Wikipedia says Kenya has 25 medals between 2008 and 2012 olympics. This doesn't mean it has the best runners. In fact, (happy moment) Ethiopia ranked higher in the Olympics in 2012, 2004, 2000, and 1996. (Kenya won 2008 and 1992). The fact is Ethiopia is not sending out enough runners now and all the old runners (Haile Gebralise or however you spell that name) are doing worst and worst. We need new athletes.

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  45. Anonymous6:23 AM

    u fucken bger, u're lying, dis isn't wat I kno, u're 99,99% lying, shit, ndini peter pipers kana zvanetsa huya undione, kwete kunyepa, wakazvinyora riini izvi zvamanyepo

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